Infuse Learning with Music in PreK-8 Classrooms!

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Infuse Learning with Music in PreK-8 Classrooms!
Infuse Learning with Music in PreK-8 Classrooms!
Infuse Learning with Music in PreK-8 Classrooms!
Infuse Learning with Music in PreK-8 Classrooms!
Infuse Learning with Music in PreK-8 Classrooms!
Infuse Learning with Music in PreK-8 Classrooms!
Infuse Learning with Music in PreK-8 Classrooms!
Infuse Learning with Music in PreK-8 Classrooms!
Infuse Learning with Music in PreK-8 Classrooms!
Infuse Learning with Music in PreK-8 Classrooms!
Infuse Learning with Music in PreK-8 Classrooms!
Infuse Learning with Music in PreK-8 Classrooms!
Infuse Learning with Music in PreK-8 Classrooms!
Infuse Learning with Music in PreK-8 Classrooms!
Infuse Learning with Music in PreK-8 Classrooms!
Infuse Learning with Music in PreK-8 Classrooms!
Infuse Learning with Music in PreK-8 Classrooms!
Infuse Learning with Music in PreK-8 Classrooms!
Infuse Learning with Music in PreK-8 Classrooms!
Infuse Learning with Music in PreK-8 Classrooms!
Infuse Learning with Music in PreK-8 Classrooms!
Infuse Learning with Music in PreK-8 Classrooms!
Infuse Learning with Music in PreK-8 Classrooms!
Infuse Learning with Music in PreK-8 Classrooms!
Infuse Learning with Music in PreK-8 Classrooms!
Infuse Learning with Music in PreK-8 Classrooms!
Infuse Learning with Music in PreK-8 Classrooms!
Infuse Learning with Music in PreK-8 Classrooms!
Infuse Learning with Music in PreK-8 Classrooms!
Infuse Learning with Music in PreK-8 Classrooms!
Infuse Learning with Music in PreK-8 Classrooms!
Infuse Learning with Music in PreK-8 Classrooms!
Infuse Learning with Music in PreK-8 Classrooms!
Infuse Learning with Music in PreK-8 Classrooms!
Infuse Learning with Music in PreK-8 Classrooms!
Infuse Learning with Music in PreK-8 Classrooms!
Infuse Learning with Music in PreK-8 Classrooms!
Infuse Learning with Music in PreK-8 Classrooms!
Infuse Learning with Music in PreK-8 Classrooms!
Infuse Learning with Music in PreK-8 Classrooms!
Infuse Learning with Music in PreK-8 Classrooms!
Infuse Learning with Music in PreK-8 Classrooms!
Infuse Learning with Music in PreK-8 Classrooms!
Music Teachers in Training in Colorado
Music Teachers in Training in Colorado

Dear Friend,

Here we are in February and it's time to catch you up on the latest developments with Guitars in the Classroom! Thank you for caring and for taking a couple minutes to read about the progress your contributions have been making possible. We have just returned from our annual pilgrimage to Anaheim California and the convention center there where makers of musical product from around the globe gather once a year to show their creations. Guitars in the classroom is blessed to receive support from the NAMM Foundation which serves as the charitable wing of the trade association that puts on the show. It is an exciting time of year where our board meets, plans for the year ahead and we have an opportunity to meet with and thank the musical instrument and accessory sponsors who helped us supply the schools. We are including a link to the NAMM foundation website for you so you can learn about all the wonderful work they are doing to support music education and musical learning around the world.

GITC is midway through the school year with new programs and classes running this month in Colorado, Mississippi and Washington State thanks to your support. We are excited to be continuing our established trainings all around California and far away in West Virginia and New York! If you are interested in finding out about a program in a particular location, please reach out to our Executive Director at Jess@guitarsintheclassroom.org.  

We are excited to announce that we have been blessed by a large donation of guitars from C.F. Martin & Company and ukuleles from Kala Brand Music Company. These gifts are helping us further equip classrooms in Title 1 high poverty schools. Partnerships with such caring companies make a world of difference to how many students our free trainings can reach and we are grateful.

The big news is that after much experimentation and pilot programming, this year we are officially coming forward with a three-pronged approach to making a difference for children. In addition to giving free classes to general classroom teachers after school, we are now officially training music teachers, in fact we are teaching the music education faculties for school districts. This way, music teachers can include guitars and ukuleles in their TK-5 general music programs. Some are also choosing to learn to be music trainers for their general classroom colleagues, too. This makes wonderful new relationships between music and general educators and infuses schools with a complete musical culture, touching everyone. A rising tide raises all sails and a rising song lifts all spirits.

This winter, GITC faculty members have trained music educators in Loveland, Colorado in the Thompson School District. In addition, I have begun training music educators in San Diego Unified School District as well as the music teachers in the Oxnard, CA public schools. In March, a noted LAUSD music educator and I are looking forward to sharing our work with 70 music teachers attending the OAKE Conference in Philadelphia!

Your kind support of our work is making all of this progress possible! Thank you for keeping the faith and helping us move forward so more children can learn through the power of song.

In addition to training music teachers and general classroom educators, we have also officially added a component of teaching artist residencies to our work. This new offering gives the general classroom teacher short term support and coaching with students in their own classroom when they first learn to employ music as a teaching and learning strategy. Artist residencies are still new for us and are in full swing in our Learning through the Arts classrooms and in our Momentum Academies (Juvenile Court and Community Schools) in San Diego County. We are also beginning 12 artist residencies in March on a grant from the Los Angeles Unified School District. There, our teaching artists will be visiting high needs transitional kindergarten classrooms to coach teachers who have already taken 6 hours of training with GITC in teaching literacy through music. We are grateful to the LAUSD Arts Branch for this exciting support.

These organizational improvements are being accompanied by improvements in our teaching materials. We begin working on a series of instructional videos for our whole community this month. The videos will make it easier for everyone to learn the techniques that make our approach so accessible for all kinds and ages of students. They give us another way to keep trainings free to teachers so anyone can participate and will make GITC's work more widely available to teachers in communities far from our program locations. We are grateful to the NAMM Foundation for their significant support of this big endeavor.

While GITC makes every effort to strengthen our offerings and maintain full accessibility to teachers and students, music making continues on in GITC classrooms around the country as usual with our Strum & Sing classes for teachers. These dedicated educators are doing an amazing job of leading the way, inspiring their students, and addressing lesson content and musical learning independently!

We are including a link, below, to some tiny videos from GITC teacher training and classroom activities for you to enjoy this time. The videos come from Colorado and California. Classroom footage is in our flagship elementary school in North Hollywood, California where most of the faculty is strumming and singing with students. We are so grateful to these teachers for allowing us to share their song leadership for learning with you and to principal Christopher Clarke 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ONo469yqk4

Thank you for helping GITC to infuse TK-5 learning with music! We ask that you stay with us, help us keep moving this big vision and mission forward so that children everywhere can receive musical learning opportunities on a daily basis at school. Now more than ever, our efforts to serve our most vulnerable students in our public schools will make a crucial difference for them now and into the future. Together, and only together can we accomplish these exciting goals!

In service and gratitude, wishing you peace,

Jess

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Becca and Jess
Becca and Jess

Hello Friend,

Thank you for your support of students in need by giving to our programs. Through your continued generosity, we have been able to increase our impact in classrooms in the U.S. serving children from every walk of life. To highlight some of your impact, we would like to share GITC classroom teacher Becca Zauderer’s story of service.

Becca is a new teacher, in only her third year in the classroom. The summer after she graduated from University of California, San Diego, she trained in music integration with Guitars in the Classroom in a 1 week intensive class. She was a quick study with our simplified playing method and in the fall, she took her ukulele and guitar to Korea where she used music to teach English to young Korean students.She was encouraged by the students' success and sent videos of them back to us at GITC to share her excitement. 

When Becca returned from her year teaching abroad, she accepted a position at Cherokee Point Elementary. Located in City Heights, San Diego, a community that has become home to many political and economic refugees, Cherokee Point has been designated a trauma informed school. Every child has been through a traumatic event. Teachers are trained in restorative practices that nurture the children's emotional and physical recovery. Classrooms become safe places that teach children constructive ways to express themselves, build trusting relationships with their peers and teachers. For the past two years, Becca Zauderer has made singing and making music an integral part of that process.

This year, Cherokee Point was given the opportunity by the San Diego Unified School District to participate in a revolutionary initiative to address the needs of impoverished students through the arts, integrated into academic study. Becca advocated passionately with her principal and fellow faculty members to bring our work to the school. After some very careful deliberation, 7 more teachers made the commitment to train with us. GITC teaching artist, Jody Mulgrew is already co-teaching with kindergarten and first grade teachers there.

Without your support, these students would not have access to music education. Your gifts have helped us put training, educational materials, supplies and ukuleles these classrooms.

Then, just last month, Becca and her Cherokee Point second and third grade class had the privilege of welcoming more than 30 principals from Hawaii tp their room to observe the role of music in boosting student literacy. The children welcomed these esteemed visitors by them singing “Aloha Oe” as they entered the classroom. The song brought smiles and a few happy tears to the visitors and helped the students see their own ability to become friendship ambassadors through music.

You can read more about Becca’s advocacy and her adventure using GITC methods to teach in Korea, by reading our blog: http://www.guitarsintheclassroom.org/2016/09/meet-rebecca-zauderer-gitc-classroom-teacher/ 

We hope you've enjoyed reading this singular story of how training one willing teacher led to a transformative movement within an elementary school. Your support allows us to continue to infuse schools and classrooms with musical learning.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart for all you have allowed GITC's compassionate faculty members to accomplish. Together, we are making a remarkable difference for kids. We hope you will stay with us during the holidays and that you will continue to give your support to these efforts so more children can learn, grow and thrive through creative self expression and music in 2017!

With you in service,

Jessica Baron

Hawaiian Principals visit Cherokee Point
Hawaiian Principals visit Cherokee Point
Students in San Diego County
Students in San Diego County

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Children lead songs for their families in June!
Children lead songs for their families in June!

Hello Musical Friend,

Thank you so much for your support of our work with Guitars in the Classroom. You’ve made the 2015-16 school year and summer one of great empowerment and change for teachers and students. Your support has fueled hope and given new abilities to hundreds of teachers. We are excited to look back and also look forward with you into the new school year.

More Teachers Trained than Ever Before

The impact of your contribution has made it possible to train almost 700 teachers in Southern California alone, quadrupling our reach to include hundreds of early childhood educators. You sustained us to keep the music alive in towns and communities of every kind and size- from remote Jasper County, South Carolina to the heart of Brooklyn, NY, from the flooded river banks of West Virginia to the public schools just outside of remote Yosemite.

New Receptivity to Integrating Music

We are seeing new schools and school districts of all kinds overcoming confusion about what it means to integrate the arts with academic instruction. Thanks to advocacy on the national scene, education leaders are getting actively involved in promoting music as a learning strategy. This means we must work harder than ever to maximize on this new openness and bring the programs to those who care.

Thanks to you, in eastern and southeastern states, GITC doubled its programs last school year as more and more teachers sought the chance to learn and teach through the power of music. Without charitable support it couldn’t have happened.

In many GITC communities, education is badly underfunded and teachers are so poorly paid they can barely afford to stay in their jobs. But your kindness has made it so we can help out. Just last month we were able to give ukuleles and instruction to students in a school for homeless youth and a child development center so poor they depend on selling churros to pay for supplies. You are creating "miracles" with every dollar you give.

Thanks to you, every week we hear from a grateful teacher who says, “This changed my life and my teaching!”

Now as we move into a new school year, we will be focusing our efforts to grow more programs throughout the country and to coordinate them better from our main office in San Diego. The key is to keep existing programs strong while opening new ones! To do this, we need help funding staff and infrastructure. Programs are only as strong as the foundation that supports them to function.

Special Education Inclusion

Because many of you gave to our microproject for providing music making in special education, this spring and summer GITC was able to initiate a pilot program for classroom teachers in Clay and Kanawah counties, West Virginia, San Diego county, California, and Los Angeles Unified Schools! Working with The Beamz, an engaging technological instrument, the teachers are receiving specialized training in setting up, operating and integrating the Beamz with all areas of academic study as well as social/emotional development! The Beamz gives children with limited dexterity, motor coordination and with cognitive impairment a way to make music using whatever mobility they can manage including eye movements ! You can learn more by watching the video.

New- GITC Teaching Artists

Something new that you can look forward to in the fall – GITC is expanding the role of teaching artists in Title 1 classrooms. Visiting GITC teaching artists will be partnering with classroom teachers to help them gain confidence and mastery of weaving the music into literacy and math lessons where it can strengthen comprehension and abilities. For teachers new to music, this makes a tremendous difference.

Courage to Play Campaign

If you can imagine the prospect of becoming a strumming song leader for learning for a classroom full of children, you know it takes courage to play. So we are starting a support campaign for teachers called #CourageToPlay throughout the 2016-17 school year. Please look for that at our facebook page this fall!

Music for Learning Serves Juvenile Offenders

Finally, after a year of exploring the role of music with teens in crisis, we are expanding our work in juvenile court schools to bring the hope, passion, discipline and potential of music to teens in transition between incarceration and education. We are providing guitar classes in alternative county juvenile court schools helping these at risk youth while they work to earn their GEDs. This effort has our teen specialists constantly improvising and creating new curriculum to respond to their students.

More Instruments Needed!

Can you please help? As always, we are asked to help provide more instruments for schools than we can afford. But donors helped us award 1300 instruments to school programs last year alone! Your generosity is essential to the success of this effort. You can make a difference here. At subsidized prices from our sponsors, just $25 buys a ukulele. $60 buys a guitar. Every gift you give makes real music making possible.

Thank you for choosing to change the world through your support of Guitars in the Classroom!

With you for the children,

Jess Baron

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GITC in Clay, WV
GITC in Clay, WV

Dear Music Lover and GITC Program Supporter,

Thank you for giving Guitars in the Classroom your encouragement and support over the past school year to make musical learning a reality for children in need! We've done so much together!

Now as teachers prepare for the final weeks of school, making music has become a sort of survival tool in the classrooms. Teachers who trained with us this year are employing songs to engage their students in lessons and in feeling good at a time of year that can feel burdensome with high stakes testing, report cards and conferences. Students who are prone to anxiety under these circumstances find their joy and their calm inside music. Teachers who use the strumming and singing to empower their students to focus, reinforce their knowledge and think positively before tests have happier and more successful classrooms. When everyone sings together, smiles increase and so do test scores. Many classrooms are even singing songs to reinforce their test preparation and test taking strategies.

But going to school shouldn't be about taking tests, right? The music you are helping us provide creates a much more humane learning environment, one rich in opportunities to become creatively expressive,

In the middle of all the year end tasks, kids are needing the chance to cut loose without going wild. Music gives them that. The strumming and singing, coupled with movement and rhythm provide much needed "brain breaks" when teachers pick up a guitar and play a fun song. Kids can get up out of their seats and dance to let off steam and de-stress. Then they feel ready to get back to business.

This month, students are also practicing songs they have learned to play and songs they have written together in their regular classrooms and music classes in preparation for end of year concerts and celebrations for learning. Excitement is in the air! For example, at San Miguel Elementary in Lemon Grove, CA, students from three grades as well as the guitar club are preparing to perform songs with ukuleles and guitars on May 25! Trainer Dan Decker and his big posse of strumming, songleading teachers are filling the halls of the school with music. We are looking forward to sharing some end of year photos and video with you in June from that special day.

This year, with your involvement, GITC has helped place thousands of ukuleles into preschools, elementary, middle and high schools and we have trained and equipped hundreds of teachers with guitars and ukuleles from California to South Carolina, coast to coast, and from National City, not far from the Mexican border, to Burlington, VT in the opposite corner of the country. Our free workshops for teachers have taken place in big cities like San Diego, Los Angeles and Brooklyn, mid-sized  communities like Worcester, Massachusetts and Longmont, Colorado, and in small, rural communities like Clay, West Virginia and Hardeeville in Jasper County, South Carolina. You have literally helped us bring music making to learning for children in need who come from very diverse families and communities. Thank you for your partnership in reviving music in the schools in these and many other places.

Please make a new contribution to this campaign if you can. We've almost reached out goal! Imagine the joy when we work together to wrap the 2016-17 school year up with a resounding success on Bonus Matching Day on June 15th!

As always, you can watch the ;latest videos from GITC and see what is happening in the schools when you visit our facebook page. Just last Saturday, several teachers joined me on KUSI television in San Diego to share about what music has meant this year to their students. You can watch the clip at www.facebook.com/guitarsintheclassroom.

Right alongside children experiencing childhood in positive and less challenging ways, our military children, homeless children, and children in communities suffering from economic hardship are getting to express themselves, discover their creative abnilities and potential, and feel a sense of belonging all because you care.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart for all you have allowed me and GITC's compassionate faculty members to accomplish. Together, we are making a remarkable difference for kids.

With you for the children,

Jess

GITC in the Juvenile Court and Community Schools
GITC in the Juvenile Court and Community Schools
Dan Decker
Dan Decker
GITC in Biloxi, MS
GITC in Biloxi, MS

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Transitional Kindergarten Teachers in LAUSD
Transitional Kindergarten Teachers in LAUSD

Hey, there, Supporters!

Thank you so much for being the wind beneath our wings in Los Angeles schools last month! As you might remember, we were able to begin training teachers in the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD)—the second largest school district in the country—last year with your help. We started with the music educators, training them on ukulele and songwriting- and many are now including ukuleles in their regular K-5 music classes.

Why did we start there? Because we were fortunate enough to be asked to do this by music educator Ellie Wong and the amazing folks who run arts education for the district, Christopher Rodriguez, Steven McCarthy and Rory Pullens. They were specifically interested in helping get more music integrated into the general classrooms and in helping music teachers make vital connections to English Language Arts. That is the best possible thing for students.

It has now happened and in a remarkable way. The top banana in music, Christopher Rodriguez was talking one day to his colleague in charge of English Language Learning for Early Childhood Education in the district, Ms. Lourdes "Leti" Puyol and she explained that she wanted to find a way to train her huge faculty to help transitional kinder (TK) students in the district (thousands of them) to read with music. Her hope was to create a really fun inroad to literacy for them- something that would let them be little kids.She wanted to preserve the spirit of play in their young lives as opposed to expecting them to behave like older students.

Chris jumped on the opportunity to bring GITC into the English Language Arts (ELA) department with Leti and we were off and running. Leti understands that four year olds are not six year olds. They need freedom to invent, to move about, change focus frequently, dress up, make a mess, make things with their hands. They are not first graders who can sit in a desk and hold a pencil. Singing and strumming ukuleles is just perfect for them. Especially when we pair it up with learning letters, sounds and little words.

Together, we were able to build a 3 hour workshop for 25-30 teachers at a time to prepare them to infuse their lessons with music in order to boost imagination, learning, language skills and memory while making school a place where their young students want to be each day.

So just last month, we trained 110 transitional Kindergarten teachers from 90 different schools in LAUSD to incorporate music into their literacy lessons. Yes- 110. Thanks to you and our sponsors, Guitar Center and Kala Brand Music, every teacher in each of four workshops received his or her own ukulele and educational materials, too. These teachers are already helping young children develop phonemic awareness and spoken language skills in an engaging and playful manner.

Things just keep getting better. Now our newest faculty trainer, Billy Coane, himself a certificated music teacher for LAUSD, has just begun the next step in Los Angeles; it's a weekly class for Tk-5 regular classroom teachers- no musical experience necessary- to help them learn to play uke, simplified guitar, sing, and lead students in songs for learning up the grades. We have a great big class just starting and the principal, Christopher Clarke is a guitar player. He tuned all the ukuleles himself. You just can't beat this kind of administrative enthusiasm.

Doesn't this just make you smile? You did it.

Thank you so much to each of you for helping out in this amazing work bringing real music back to childhood and the power of song to learning everythihng. Please stay with us, visit the facebook page, drop a line or if you have some time, please volunteer with us. And give when you can. There are far more students out there who need GITC. We have our work cut out for us and thankfully, we're all in this together.

Back with more good news for you soon, you are appreciated,

Jess

Transitional Kinder Teachers in LAUSD
Transitional Kinder Teachers in LAUSD
LAUSD's Katie McGrath and Leti Puyol with Jess
LAUSD's Katie McGrath and Leti Puyol with Jess

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